Tyneham Village

Tyneham, Dorset

Set in the heart of idyllic Purbeck countryside, not far from the sea, Tyneham sits amid the army’s firing ranges – access is restricted for army exercises – and was once a lively community until it was evacuated during World War II. It’s a ghost town now, and you can wander round a series of ruined houses and cottages, but only the pretty church and tiny school house have been maintained, the latter laid out as it would have been in pre-war days. It’s a highly atmospheric place with some good local walks, too. It’s just 5–10 minutes’ walk to the coast at Worbarrow Bay, from where you can walk to Lulworth Cove.

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